This was my Great-Grandfather's gun, possibly from Italy. It has an ornate letter H (with fleur-de-lys sprouting from the crossbar of the H) within a square and the sides of the square are slightly curved, which is located on the upper part of the handle. The handle closely resembles the Webley Mark IV .455 in design with the notable diamond shaped ornament surrounding a screw. The cylander is a bit different from the photos I've seen. There is a letter P on the gun just forward of the cylander. The barrel is octogonal. The cylander is marked with the number 89.
I don't know what else I can say. Any advice, help would be appreciated.
Note: to me the gun is quite small, particularly the handle which measures not more that 2 and one half inches. I thought it might be a "ladies" gun but it is quite heavy nonetheless.
I see ur name is NYCguy so may I be so bold as to assume you live in new york? Take it to an antique dealer there.
Sounds cool tho. Good find whatever it is. Is it functional or all rusted up? Gun shop guys may know but I would ask one that sells older cowboy and decorative guns. Not to profile people too much but a young shop owner or clerk selling 2008-2010 sigsaurs and glocks mey not know, and initially I wouldn't take it with you. I would carry pics. On the off chance its real valuable. That's just me tho.
Maybe it'll be like those 2 guns in "Lock stock and two smoking barrels" if you haven't seen that its a guy ritchie movie that revolves around thes 2 pricelss rifles.
Guns don't kill people... but GOD they take a LOT of the hard work out of it!
It seems to have been a British Service Pistol in the late 1800's. Even with the small grip size, back then, the grips weren't very big. Because of the steel required, they tried to minimize the size of everything to keep the weight down, until later when they had alloys and such that could lighten the load. It was also used by 'undercover' guards on trains & such and easier to conceal.
"Excuse me, you have a little Anti-Gunner in your teeth there. You might want to floss it out."